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Law and morality

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Law and morals Morals are beliefs and values, which are shared by a certain, section a society. The moral standards of a community are recognised as having a major and significant influence on the development of law. Descriptive morality does not explain why anything should be considered immoral, only how it is classified as such. While for the most part immoral acts are classified as such because they cause harm in anyway, be it phsyical or emotional. Morals are whimsically created and subjectively defined by a number of factors, such as: * Society * Religion * Individual conscience However, in more complex societies, morality and law are never expected to be coextensive. ...read more.

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However, it is illegal to park on double yellow lines or to park in a car park without paying. Examples of morally and legally wrong conduct is: * Bigamy - this is both morally and legally wrong. Morally its wrong as its deceiving a current spouse and being married twice. Legally its wrong as it is a criminal offence to marry more than once. * Murder - Morally its wrong as it is taking a human being's life with specific intent to do so. It also inflicts enormous grief upon individuals close to the victim. It is also legally wrong as to take an individuals life with intent is a serious criminal offence and can lead to life imprisonment. ...read more.

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She also pointed out that most attitudes towards a moral code will tend to change over a period time. E.g homosexuality, decrimalisation of this only happened fairly recently in 1967 up until that point, homosexaulity was deemed morally and legally wrong. Durkheim showed us that in such a diverse and multicultural society it is very difficult to pinpoint code of moral values shared by all. Small extremeist or activist groups are likely to share the same moral values but in a more widespread and multi-national and multi-cultural socitety where indviduals differ in terms of social status, income, occupation, ethnic background, religion etc. It's virtually impossible to find its members sharing the same, identical moral code due to people having their own individual conscience. However, some basic moral points are likely to have most members of society agreeing its right or wrong. ...read more.

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